Ceres murder suspect appears in court

A man accused of sexually abusing his teenage daughter, killing her and burying her body in the back yard of their Ceres home appeared briefly in Stanislaus County Superior Court on Monday.

Mark Edward Mesiti, who pleaded innocent in June, was in court less than two minutes as he watched his attorney Robert Orenstein and Stanislaus County prosector Annette Rees gain approval from Judge John Freeland to hold over his pretrial hearing until Sept. 22.

Mesiti is charged with first-degree murder in the 2006 death of his 14-year-old daughter, Alycia Mesiti.

A special enhancement has been added, indicating he is accused of committing murder before or during rape, sodomy, oral copulation or rape by an instrument, according to a criminal complaint.

Mesiti is being held without bail at the Stanislaus County Jail.